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 CSE 590W - Computers and Disabilities, Autumn 2007
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Computers are playing an ever more important role in assistive technology for a wide range of disabilities. In this seminar, we will explore the state of the art and current research in computer-based assistive technology for blindness, deafness, cognitive impairment, and other disabilities.

The seminar will include a mix of lectures, invited speakers, and discussions of recent research papers. These will include current research at UW on computer-based assistive technology, as well as guests from various organizations outside of academia. If you wish to present your work or experience, please contact Richard Ladner at ladner [at] cs [dot] washington[dot] edu.

First meeting is on September 26th.


The SLN for this seminar is 12065. CSE graduate students who wish to attend and participate in the discussions may register for 1 credit.

No particular background is required. Non-computer science majors and undergraduates may (and are encouraged) to attend with permission of the instructors.

If you are from outside of the Computer Science department, you will need to obtain an add-code to register for the seminar. Please contact Richard Ladner (above) to obtain the code.

Be sure to sign up for the mailing list (below) to be kept informed about any room/time changes.


Talks are generally 30-40 minutes followed by 10-20 mintues of discussion. In some cases students will read papers prior to a discussion.

All talks and discussions are in CSE 303 in the Paul Allen Center on Wednesdays at 9:30 - 10:20 am.

This quarter the emphasis will be on papers from ASSETS 2007, The Ninth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Mailing list

Subscribe to the seminar mailing list and also check out the archive for past postings. The subscription and archive are carried over from quarter to quarter.

Organizers: Richard Ladner

Potential Papers/Topics with dates and speakers/discussion leaders:

Date Topic/Paper Speaker/Discussion Leader
9/26/07 Planning meeting Richard Ladner
10/3/07 Web 2.0 Approach to Improving Accessibility Jeff Bigham
10/10/07 Tactile Graphics in the Field Shani Jayant
10/17/07 ASSETS 2007 No talk
10/24/07 The Design and Field Evaluation of PhotoTalk: a Digital Image communication Application for People with Aphasia by Allen, McGrenere, and Purves Tim Shockley
10/31/07 A Software Model to Support Collaborative Mathematical Work between Braille and Sighted Users by Archambault et al Marianne Shaw
11/7/07 Evaluating American Sign Language Generation Through the Participation of Native ASL Signers by Huenerfauth Neva Cherniavsky
11/14/07 SIBYLLE: A system for Alternative Communication Adpting to the Context and Its User by Wandmacher, Antoine, Poirier. Jaehong Chon
11/21/07 Day before Thanksgiving. No talk
11/28/07 TrueKeys: Identifying and Correcting Typing Errors for People with Motor Impairments by Kane, Wobbrock, Harniss, Johnson Shaun Kane
12/5/07 Accessibility and 3D Virtual World Games. Optional Reading Anna Cavender

Additional Resources

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